Behavior Management: From Theoretical Implications to Practical Applications 3rd Edition

Dr. John W. Maag

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BEHAVIORAL MANAGEMENT: FROM THEORETICAL IMPLICATIONS TO PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS focuses on students' observable behaviors and the factors that influence them. As the author notes, behavior management is probably one of the most misunderstood educational concepts. This resource demystifies misconceptions about reinforcement, punishment, and self-control and describes proven intervention techniques, supplemented by helpful pedagogical features. Although the techniques described rest on a sound theoretical and empirical foundation, the author uses little technical jargon and offers real-life examples and case studies to clarify and illuminate.

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Dr. John W. Maag, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. John W. Maag is a Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he specializes in the education and treatment of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders. He is a nationally recognized behavioral consultant on best practices for managing resistance and improving relationships with others. Dr. Maag has published over 90 articles and book chapters as well as authoring four books -- one of which, PARENTING WITHOUT PUNISHMENT, won a Parent's Choice award. He was also the recipient of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Distinguished Teaching Award and the Donald R. and Mary Lee Swanson Award for Teaching Excellence. A licensed psychotherapist, Dr. Maag is a frequent public speaker and consulting editor to numerous journals.

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  • Students and professors alike have praised Maag's personal and friendly approach to implementing behavior management strategies.
  • Maag's discussions of principles of behavior (Chapter 4), techniques for recording behavior (Chapter 6), and methods for graphing behavior (Chapter 7) are infused with compelling examples and jargon-free prose to create a "user-friendly" presentation. Other texts' treatment of these topics is highly technical and dense.
  • The intervention technique chapters (Chapters 8–14) describe in detail how to implement behavior modification techniques. Each chapter includes "how-to" lists, charts, graphs, and illustrations.
  • Maag emphasizes positive and proactive behavior management -- focusing primarily on students' observable behavior and the environmental factors that affect its expression -- as opposed to other texts that assume that behavior can be explained and manipulated through medical, pharmacological, or genetic treatments.
  • The text includes an entire chapter on self-monitoring (Chapter 12, "Teaching Self-Management").

Table of Contents

Behavior Management: From Theoretical Implications to Practical Applications


1. Introduction to Behavior Management.
2. Impediments to Managing Behavior.
3. Theories of Behavior.
4. Basic Principles of Behavior.
5. Counting and Recording Behavior.
6. Graphing Behavior.
7. Functional Assessment of Behavior Problems.
8. Preventative Approaches.
9. Reinforcement Techniques for Increasing Behavior.
10. Differential Reinforcement for Decreasing Behavior.
11. Punishment.
12. Teaching Self-Management.
13. Cognitive-Behavior Modification.
14. Promoting Generalization.
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